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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)

25 Jan

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

God sets himself at a distance from those who set him at defiance. The wicked shall be for ever banished from his presence and he will behold them afar off. He will draw nigh to those in a way of mercy who draw nigh to him in a way of duty.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: The only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Eben Alexander. He said: “Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 38 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

I well know that the issue of tithes and offerings was first addressed to the Jews. I have heard long arguments that the tithe was commanded only for Jews. But that proportionate giving is as clearly commanded in the New Testament as in the Old. Abraham, the tither, the man of faith, is held up as an example to the New Testament Christians in this matter. And the New Testament examples who are greatly praised went far beyond the tithe, as we see in the case of the woman who put in two mites, in the case of the saints at Jerusalem after Pentecost, and the churches of Macedonia. Besides, the promises given in the Old Testament about liberality have been abundantly proved true by literally thousands of New Testament Christians. I know that it pays in dollars and cents to bring God the tithes and offerings. And I have proved God, and He has opened the windows of Heaven as He promised.

And why should God demand more of an Old Testament Jew under Law than of a New Testament Christian under grace? Should a Jew under law love God better? Should he trust Him further? Stealing, God-robbing, covetousness is the same wicked sin in New Testament times as it was in Old Testament times. And those who sing, “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” but do not love Him a dime’s worth out of a dollar will not get far in their praying. If you cannot trust God to supply your need and to repay you for all the tithes and offerings you bring in for Him, you have not much faith.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “City On Our Knees”

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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